UBC is not alone in its commitment to community engagement. Universities around the world are getting more involved in their communities because this “scholarship of engagement” benefits everyone. The research shows that students learn more effectively when they see how theories can be applied in real-life contexts. Communities gain access to the intellectual and human resources of the university and can bring their knowledge and expertise to the university. Working alongside community members gives faculty researchers and instructors new perspectives on their scholarly pursuits.
The potential of community-university engagement to be a force for change and social innovation is just beginning to be understood. We invite you to join us on the leading edge of this movement.